Feeding Hungry Cities: Hear why urban
food insecurity is an invisible crisis

January 20, 2020 | By More

In a 10-part radio series on our Media page we talk about and listen to experiences of urban food insecurity in Southern African cities.

In the first episode – Feeding Hungry Cities – our AFSUN team discusses why hunger in cities in invisible to policy makers.

The series, produced for AFSUN by CMFD Productions, can be listened to, or downloaded from, our Media page. Take a look. The issues covered are:

The Invisible Crisis: Urban Food Security
Making Ends Meet: In Pursuit of Food Security
Where Does Food Come From?
Supermarkets in Southern Africa
Informal Food Across Borders
Nutrition – the Double Burden
Stretched Households: Informal Food Tranfers
HIV and Food Security
Schoolchildren and Food Schemes
Urban Agriculture

• We also have a 15-minute radio drama about issues of hunger, Trading Places, which can be downloaded in six languages from our Media page.

The production communicates AFSUN’s research, while giving a space for real stories, experiences, and solutions to be shared. The 15-minute drama is available in English, Portuguese, Zulu, Xhosa, Nyanja, and Shona. Produced by CMFD Productions for AFSUN, the  drama tackles issues of food insecurity and the challenges faced by urban informal traders, who in fact are key role players in Africa’s food economy. Faced with a move that seems to be out of their hands, traders at a busy city market are confronted with the troubling prospect of no food on their tables. Elizabeth is a street food trader with a flair for cooking, a big heart, and a source of strength from an unseen source. An unlikely friendship emerges with Grace, a young, snobbish university student, and the two discover they have more in common than they would have thought.

The aim of the drama is to:

Raise awareness about urban food security as an issue – both policy makers and general public.
Demonstrate the complexity of urban food insecurity and portray the human aspect of insecurity.
Encourage dialogue and discussion on urban food security issues and solutions.
Encourage media to seek further information about urban food security.

• Both series were produced for AFSUN by Community Media For Development (CMFD).


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